Is it possible to teach myself an A level?

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my choice of a levels were BioChemPolitics, but i find a lot of a levels really interesting, mainly economics, sociology and history. if it was possible i would teach myself those subjects, in those order. is it possible to do so over the summer since im gonna have like 4 months off?
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You’ve then got to maintain your knowledge on top of all your other subjects. If you’re interested in those subjects, read. A fourth A level won’t impress anyone or add any value. If you’re only doing it for your own interest, don’t waste time on a narrow and prescriptive A level syllabus. You’ll never have that kind of time again. Use it to read and enrich your mind in other ways.
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Use that extra time to go over your three main a-levels
A fourth as already mentioned isn't amazingly useful these days. Universities would rather you get 3 good grades than 4 'moderate' grades.

If you do want to study a fourth a-level though you will probs need to consider an online course from somewhere like open study college etc and if you want the grade you will have to find somewhere that will let you sit the exam (I already tried this and legit my sixth form said they didn't want to 'ruin their rep'?? 😂)
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Use that extra time to go over your three main a-levels
A fourth as already mentioned isn't amazingly useful these days. Universities would rather you get 3 good grades than 4 'moderate' grades.

If you do want to study a fourth a-level though you will probs need to consider an online course from somewhere like open study college etc and if you want the grade you will have to find somewhere that will let you sit the exam (I already tried this and legit my sixth form said they didn't want to 'ruin their rep'?? 😂)
not trynna do this for university, just purely knowledge because im rly interested :P
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You’ve then got to maintain your knowledge on top of all your other subjects. If you’re interested in those subjects, read. A fourth A level won’t impress anyone or add any value. If you’re only doing it for your own interest, don’t waste time on a narrow and prescriptive A level syllabus. You’ll never have that kind of time again. Use it to read and enrich your mind in other ways.
not trynna impress anyone, and im only doing it for the summer so it wont be on top of other subjects lol
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not trynna impress anyone, and im only doing it for the summer so it wont be on top of other subjects lol
And when do you plan to sit the exam? If you’re asking could you read all the textbooks for a subject for a summer than of course you can but if you plan on sitting the exam then you will have to keep your knowledge topped up which will interfere with your other subjects.
Don’t know why people waste other people’s time asking these questions if they’re just going to do their own thing anyway. Why bother asking for advice if you’re only interested in being ratified?
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And when do you plan to sit the exam? If you’re asking could you read all the textbooks for a subject for a summer than of course you can but if you plan on sitting the exam then you will have to keep your knowledge topped up which will interfere with your other subjects.
Don’t know why people waste other people’s time asking these questions if they’re just going to do their own thing anyway. Why bother asking for advice if you’re only interested in being ratified?
im not planning to sit an exam, i just wanna learn content? as in without buying textbooks, are there online resources for me to learn from
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im not planning to sit an exam, i just wanna learn content? as in without buying textbooks, are there online resources for me to learn from
So you want to teach yourself an A level but you don’t want to sit an exam? There is literally no point to what you’re proposing. Get a library card and broaden your horizons and knowledge. Why would you want to “self teach” a narrow and restricted curriculum?
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my choice of a levels were BioChemPolitics, but i find a lot of a levels really interesting, mainly economics, sociology and history. if it was possible i would teach myself those subjects, in those order. is it possible to do so over the summer since im gonna have like 4 months off?
yesssss ofc!!! Very good for your brain to stay active over the holiday period too. Just buy some textbooks that's all you'll need
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I had to resit my alevels during my gap year. had to teach myself the whole syllabus without any help from my ex-college. its do able but you need to be determined and do the work (not just reading off a book, but a solid textbook is a good start tho!)
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Yes of course, its possible to teach yourself any body of knowledge - however its very very difficult and requires outstanding discipline, and intelligence, which few possess. For example the outstanding Engineer/ Mathematician, Oliver Heaviside, had no formal qualifications, but locked himself away from the age of 21 until 28, and self taught himself advanced maths/physics and later was awarded the D.Sc. by London University after writing 3 volumes on Electromagnetic theory. Likewise John Dalton was self taught and became a maths teacher when age 12, and tutored James Prescot Joule. These of course where exceptional people.
As a young man, you will be tempted by socialising with friends, pursuing intercourse with young ladies and partaking of large volumes beer. So yes, possible, but of low probability of success.
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